- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2020

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming’s leading libertarian think tank is suing the state for the right to campaign within a restricted speech buffer zone around polling centers.

The Wyoming Liberty Group will sue state Secretary of State Ed Buchanan and several Laramie County officials, the Casper Star-Tribune reported Tuesday.

The state currently prohibits campaigning of any kind within 100 yards of a polling place and within 100 feet of absentee polling locations. The law is intended to prevent voter intimidation. Similar restrictions are in place in every state in the country.

The lawsuit stems from a complaint filed by conservative activist John C. Frank, who is suing so he can stand on the sidewalk outside his local polling site on election day in order to boost conservative causes.

Attorneys for the libertarian advocacy group argue that the size of the buffer zones unfairly restricts free speech.

A secretary of state spokesman, Will Dinneen, declined comment.

The law was enforced in Wyoming as recently as 2018. That year, Republican gubernatorial candidate Foster Friess was asked to leave a polling center the day of his primary election after he was spotted campaigning near the entrance.

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